Shape the Future

Raynes Park High School was runner up in a national schools competition organised by the Department of International Development with its entry into the ‘Shape the Future’ competition.

Announced at the department’s Youth For Change summit on Saturday 19th July, supported by actress and campaigner Freida Pinto, the contest challenged UK schoolchildren to submit their best ideas on how to improve the life chances of girls and women in developing countries.

Raynes Park High School’s team of Year 9 and 10 students was runner up receiving a Highly Commended certificate.  Their entry addressed challenging questions relating to gender inequality focusing on girls’ education, early and forced marriage and FGM.

Announcing the results of the Shape the Future competition, Justine Greening said:

“When I visit schools across the UK I am always struck by how much young people care about what is going on in the rest of the world.

The excellent entries to this year’s Shape the Future competition show that British schoolchildren understand  the challenges facing girls and boys in developing countries. Young people are the change-makers of tomorrow.”

Headteacher Phillip Wheatley said “Our students submitted a very professional entry, they created a blog, forum and produced a short film to highlight gender inequality issues. We are delighted their hard work has been recognised in this prestigious competition.”

Schools across the country entered this year’s Shape the Future competition, the winners were chosen by panel of young people and development experts at the Youth for Change summit in London.

The Raynes Park High team: Shannon Cole, Minwoo Ju, Natasha Woodcock (all Year 10), Sophia Lucas and Gabriella Cabral (both Year 9). 


For more information contact Lyndsay MacEwen

07921 805414

FDID Press Office 020 7023 0600

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